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Thread: New Sensus Case Adds PS Vita-Like Pressure-Sensitive Touchpads to Apple's iPhone

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    Default New Sensus Case Adds PS Vita-Like Pressure-Sensitive Touchpads to Apple's iPhone

    A Minnesota-based company is hoping to give iPhone owners a new way to interact with their devices with a case that lets supported apps determine not only where a user is touching the device but also how hard they are pushing on it. The Sensus case uses a proprietary new touch detection system that the parent company, Canopy, calls Variable Pressure Technology. Canopy’s technology differs from traditional capacitive and resistive touch sensors, the company says, because it combines both touch detection and force detection into a single, rubber-like surface.

    Featuring a matte black finish, the Sensus adds touch-sensitive strips to the iPhone’s sides as well as a larger touch zone in the rear, similar to the integrated rear touchpad found on Sony’s PS Vita handheld gaming console. Canopy also provides an SDK that allows third-party developers to integrate the case’s sensors into their apps.

    In one of the demonstrations of the case’s capabilities given to the folks over at The Verge, a custom camera app whose shutter would be triggered by squeezing the handset’s sides was shown. Another turned the case’s rear touch zone into a scale, reading out weight results over the device’s speaker.

    The Sensus originally made its debut at least year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but that specific version, made for the iPhone 4S, never made it to production. This year, Canopy has a new redesigned variant engineered around Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S with versions for Apple’s iPad mini, iPhone 5C and iPod Touch set to follow.

    Canopy says it is slated to shop in mid-2014 with a retail price tag of $99.

    What do you think of the technology behind the product?

    Source: Canopy via The Verge

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    $99 is not bad for the capability. I doubt any 3rd party apps will use it, but still. Now to get pressure sensing into the screen.

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    This could be great for gaming. Instead including controls on-screen, you can add controls to the sides and back of the phone, freeing up screen-space.

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